Buchanan County, Iowa

Growing, but not outgrowing our values.

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    Wapsipinicon "Old" Mill

    The Wapsipinicon Mill, a six-story grist mill, was built in 1875-67 by Samuel Sherwood. Some of its foundation stones were taken from that of an earlier mill, the New Haven Mill, built in 1854, that was used for wool processing. The mill that stands today was used at first as a flouring mill and was also a source of electrical energy from 1915 to 1940. Some structural restoration has occurred in recent years, and the mill now functions partly as an historical museum.

    -Photo by Blake Hayward, Independence, Iowa
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    Independence Mental Health Institute

    The Mental Health Institute opened its doors to patients on May 1, 1873. It was built at a cost of $845,000 and took 10 years to complete. The walls of the main building are made up of stone taken from the quarries around Farley and Stone City, Iowa, while the foundation is of prairie granite. The artitecture has a French influence in the mansard roofs, lofty arched windows, decorative slating, bracketed eaves, domes, corner towers, and ornamental roof turrets.

    -Photo by Blake Hayward, Independence, Iowa
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    Independence From The Air

    Nestled in Northeast Iowa, Independence was home to some of the first settlers west of the Mississippi. Known for its Midwestern hospitality and strong-dedicated work ethic, Independence residents have been proud people promoting progress since being founded in 1847.

    -Photo by Blake Hayward, Independence, Iowa
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    MHI Water Tower

    MHI Water Tower

    -Photo by Blake Hayward, Independence, Iowa
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    Fontana Nature Center

    Exhibits in the Nature Center help visitors understand how we can "make our home in a living environment."
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    Wapsipinicon "Old" Mill

    The Wapsipinicon Mill, a six-story grist mill, was built in 1875-67 by Samuel Sherwood. Some of its foundation stones were taken from that of an earlier mill, the New Haven Mill, built in 1854, that was used for wool processing. The mill that stands today was used at first as a flouring mill and was also a source of electrical energy from 1915 to 1940. Some structural restoration has occurred in recent years, and the mill now functions partly as an historical museum.

    -Photo by Aunna Marzen, Independence, Iowa
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    Wapsipinicon River Bridge

    Western side of the Wapsipinicon River Bridge, which carries Iowa Highway 150 over the Wapsipinicon River in Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa. Built in 1926, the concrete spandrel arch bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    -Photo by Bruce A. Harms, Summer 1996
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    Railroad Depot

    Chicago Rock Island Depot and the Illinois Central Depot
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    Courthouse

    Proposals for the first Buchanan County Courthouse were accepted in the spring of 1857.  The courthouse was completed and ready for occupancy in May of 1858.  The construction on the current courthouse began in November 1938.

    -Photo by Tom Grier, Winona, Minnesota

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Opening for Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator
Posted:  06/16/2017
The Buchanan County Emergency Management Homeland Security Department will be accepting applications for an Assistant Emergency Management Office Coordinator through July 7, 2017 until 4:30 p.m.  For more information, job description and application, please click here.
Firework Displays Require a Permit in Buchanan County
Posted:  06/13/2017

New legislation legalizes fireworks; however Buchanan County requires a permit for all firework displays.  In 2013 Buchanan County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance restricting the use of fireworks. The ordinance allows firework displays in Buchanan County only if a permit is approved by the Board of Supervisors. Part of the permit process requires that a certified or licensed pyrotechnician conducts the display.  The new legislation in Iowa legalizes the sale of fireworks and firework displays during certain times of the year. Under the new law the sale and display of fireworks is only allowed during June 1-July 8 and December 10-January 3.  Buchanan County will allow the use of 1.4 Consumer fireworks between these dates with a permit.  Permit applications, firework resolution and ordinance are available at the Buchanan County Auditor’s Office or you can click here.  If you live within city limits contact your local city government regarding permit requirements.

Opening for Secondary Roads Operator II
Posted:  05/23/2017
The Buchanan County Secondary Road Department will be accepting applications for an Operator II position through June 23, 2017 until 4:00 p.m.
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